Pan-European online travel company Opodo has shared plans for its new UK management team as it finalises the process to become a more decentralised entity with a stronger local presence.

The company confirmed that 57 people have been made redundant in the UK office as a result of moving to a decentralised structure.

The UK management team under the direction of Ignacio Martos, chief executive officer will consist of Caroline Noble, UK director; Alex Gisbert, commercial director and Paul Treanor, head of marketing. The appointment of Nicholas Simmons as finance director of the Opodo Group, reporting to the CEO, was also confirmed.

To date the company has been structured around a centralised model supported by local sales and marketing offices in key countries. The new structure will further Opodo’s objective to offer a bespoke service in each market, ensuring that the sites and products are tailored to meet the needs of the local consumer.

Martos said, “The internet is in a period of rapid growth both globally and in the UK and I am certain this new structure and decentralised model will provide both customers and partners with an excellent online travel service and deliver a consistently improving financial performance. We have achieved great success to date to become one of the leading pan-European online travel brands with sales of around 1.2 billion for 2006 and I am confident the new team will ensure the momentum generated will continue.”

Amadeus is fully supportive of the new structure and remains committed to the success of Opodo.